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On Saturday the 16th March Olwen Kelly from Swindon Women’s Aid will be speaking at a roundtable event held by the Labour Party in Swindon to raise awareness of domestic Violence and discuss issues surrounding Domestic Abuse and Violence and its effects on, children, families and how the local community can come up with solutions to this generational problem.
The event will be held at:
Broadgreen Community Centre
Swindon, SN1 2AN
Swindon Women's Aid Director Olwen Kelly has spoken out about the risks to refuge services that could be posed by changes to the benefits system.
"The implementation of Universal Credit in April 2013 will negatively impact on the ability of victims and their children to flee violence and access emergency refuge accommodation." - Olwen Kelly, Director of Swindon Women's Aid
Swindon Women’s Aid would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated items for Christmas. We are delighted to have received gifts, toys and food hampers which will be given to the women and children at our refuge and those victims and survivors who are living in the local community.
Thank you for your kindness and we hope you all have a very merry and peaceful Christmas !
On 21 November 2012, Swindon Women’s Aid formally launched its new integrated Domestic Abuse service to support victims and survivors of domestic abuse in Swindon.
The event was attended by the newly appointed Police Crime Commissioner and senior officers from a variety of organisations and agencies across Swindon. The aim of the event was to promote and further strengthen partnership working with agencies to tackle domestic abuse and provide victims and their children with appropriate support. The new integrated service has been funded by Swindon Borough Councils Supporting People fund, a three year grant from the Children In Need fund and Swindon Women’s Aid.
On 25 November 2012, Government announced a new law to tackle stalking. This means stalking and stalking which involved the fear of violence will become chargeable offences which could result in six months imprisonment and up to five years where there is a fear of violence. Swindon Women’s Aid welcomes this announcement as stalking can be extremely distressing for victims. We hope this will enable the police to take action to further protect victims and bring more perpetrators to justice.
Our web designer, Chris from O'Brien Media, was so moved by his evolvement in the development of our new website he felt the need to help raise money to support our continued work with victims of domestic abuse and violence in Swindon.
Chris explained "Through working with the team at Swindon Women's Aid on their new website I found out a lot about domestic violence, and not just as an abstract issue that happens to "other people" as a real problem that affects thousands of victims, both female and male, from all walks of life."
Swindon Women’s Aid will be holding an event for our partners on Wednesday 21 November to showcase our new integrated service to support all victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse living in Swindon.
Our new service includes a dedicated Outreach Community Team, that provides advice and support to victims and children who are living in the community and experiencing domestic violence and abuse in their homes. This team also provides advice to local employers and community groups on tackling and supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse in the work and community setting.
Our dedicated Children’s Support Team, which directly supports children and young people from birth up to 16 years who are living in emergency refuge accommodation or at home. The team offer one-to-one support and group activities to support those who are directly experiencing or witnessing domestic violence and abuse. They also undertake awareness raising and training for professionals and within educational settings.
Our Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (IDVA) has qualified specialists to help high risk victims of domestic violence and abuse. Our staff can advise and assist victims with a number of protective measures, including supporting victims throughout the criminal justice systems with appropriate interventions. Our team works closely in partnership with other statutory agencies across Swindon and can provide comprehensive support and multi-agency responses to improve victim’s safety. For further information or to access any of our services please call 01793 864984
Swindon Women’s Aid offers various training packages to suit the needs of local employers, professional organisations, educational establishments and community groups. To discuss your training requirements please call 01793 610301
Information, advice and access to emergency refuge accommodation is available 24 hours a day, call 01793 610610.
Swindon Women’s Aid launches its new website on Wednesday 21 November. This website provides information on its domestic violence and abuse services for victims and survivors and young people.
The website also offers local residents of Swindon to submit questions and queries to Swindon Women’s Aid and to make self-referrals into our services.
Please see our press release for more information.